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The Miracle on 34th Street (short version, 1955)

I’d never seen this before the other night. An abbreviated 45-minute version of the 1947 classic. Features Thomas Mitchell (forever known as Uncle Billy from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’) as Kris Kringle.

One Kris Kringle, a department-store Santa Claus, causes quite a commotion by suggesting customers go to a rival store for their purchases. But this is nothing to the stir he causes by announcing that he is not merely a make-believe St. Nick, but the real McCoy.

The production is followed by a preview of scenes from the Fox feature film The Rains of Ranchipur, starring Lana Turner, Richard Burton, Fred MacMurray, and Michael Rennie. This behind-the-scenes portion was produced and directed by Joe Parker.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Writers: John Monks Jr. (teleplay), George Seaton
Stars: Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright and Thomas Mitchell

Notice the ‘The’ in the title.

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